Random House imprint Ten Speed Press are set to publish The Rise of the Dragon, an illustrated history of the Targaryen dynasty, in October this year.
The latest addition to the lore of Westeros, The Rise of The Dragon is co-authored Elio M. Garcia and Linda Antonsson, whose previous work includes The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones. Featuring over 180 new illustration, the book is a must-have for any die-hard Game of Thrones fan; chronicling the rise of Targaryen power from Aegon Targaryen’s conquest through to the civil war that nearly wiped the bloodline off the map.
Previously, Martin released Fire and Blood in 2018, in in-universe account of the Targaryen line written by the fictional Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel. The announcement of the new book comes as filming on HBO’s House of the Dragon, a series set to tell the story of the Targaryen civil war, wraps production in London.
More Westeros series on the horizon
In a blog post on Martin’s website, the author took advantage of the announcement to reveal that more shows set in the Game of Thrones universe are currently in development.
“We are developing live action shows for HBO, and animated shows for HBO Max. No, I can’t tell you how many. But it is my hope that a number of these shows will get on the air. Not all, no, it is never all, but more than one. I certainly hope so. Some of the ideas we are working on are quite different in tone and approach than what has gone before, and that thrills me. The world of Westeros (and Essos, etc) is huge, and there is room in it for many types of stories, about a wide range of characters.”
Of the long-awaited final volume of the Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter (delayed now for more than a decade), Martin was less specific.
“Yes, of course I am still working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. I have stated that a hundred times in a hundred venues, having to restate it endlessly is wearisome. I made a lot of progress on WINDS in 2020, and less in 2021… but ‘less’ is not ‘none’.”
The Rise of the Dragon; An illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, is due for publication on October 25. In the meantime, feel free to whet your appetite with the latest trailer for HBO’s House of the Dragon below: